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    Israel granted citizenship to a foreign player on the Maccabi Petach Tikva soccer team, clearing the way for him to play on Israel’s national team. Tuesday’s move could lead the way for Morad Megamedov’s participation in an upcoming match against Slovenia this weekend, Israel Radio reported. Interior Minister Avraham Poraz said he was recognizing Megamedov… More ▸

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    A petition against racism in Polish soccer stadiums was presented to the president of the Polish Football Association. The petition, signed by more than 27,000 people, listed concerns over anti-Semitic abuse, neo-fascist symbols and frequent hostility to black players. More ▸

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    An Israeli soccer team qualified for a top European tournament.Maccabi Haifa’s team returned home to a welcome from 300 ecstatic fans Thursday after qualifying for the series with a 3-3 tie against an Austrian squad. Giovanni Rosso, an Italian player on the Haifa squad, said qualifying in a match against an Austrian team was particularly… More ▸

  • Soccer Star Hopes to Win World Cup and Become More Jewishly Involved

    Jewish soccer star Jeff Agoos was so angry when he was the last player cut from the 1994 U.S. World Cup squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it. “I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed,” said the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose, Calif.,… More ▸

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    A Jewish soccer player won $1 million and the title of “Sole Survivor” on a reality TV show. Ethan Zohn, 27, won “Survivor: Africa,” the popular CBS prime-time program last week. The fan favorite beat out a 57-year-old woman in the 39-day test of endurance, strategy and popularity. More ▸

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    Six players from the London soccer team Chelsea refused to travel to Israel for a match Thursday against Hapoel Tel Aviv, apparently due to safety concerns. The team has said it was disappointed with the players’ decisions but would not take disciplinary action against them. The body that governs European soccer recently ordered Chelsea to… More ▸

  • Pullout Reports Prove to Be Untrue: Britain Will Send Team to Maccabiah

    Despite initial reports to the contrary and confusion among its athletes, Britain is planning to send a team to the Maccabiah Games next month. It was widely expected that the "Jewish Olympics" would be canceled or postponed, and it was reported that the British team — one of the largest — had pulled out amid… More ▸

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    A Rome soccer team was fined and forced to hold an upcoming home game at a neutral field after its fans hung racist banners and booed black players from the opposing team at a weekend match. Fans of the Lazio team displayed offensive banners, including one that read, “A Team of Blacks, a Fans’ Section… More ▸